Geography Expert from the University of Hawaii, Assoc. Prof. Krisnawati Suryanata, Ph.D., gave a guest lecture in front of hundreds of students at Faculty of Geography UGM on Tuesday (13/2).
On the occasion, Suryanata delivered presentation regarding her research which focuses on agricultural and rural change in Indonesia and America.
Delivering a presentation entitled From Java to Hawaii, and Back Again: Perspective in Researching Agricultural and Rural Change, Krisnawati explained the portrait of Indonesian agriculture in the 80s. At that time, there was an increase in agricultural products, particularly fruits.
Suryanata further explained the condition of the agricultural sector in Hawaii. One of the issues faced by Hawaii is the loss of sugar cane farm due to the presence of fake farming activities.
“The sugar cane farm is converted into villa due to the increase of tourism sector in this area,” said Suryanata.
The global trend in trade, according to Suryanata, also influenced the local agricultural products in Hawaii.
In the end of the lecture, Suryanata also opened a research cooperation opportunity between Department of Geography, College of Social Science, University of Hawaii and Faculty of Geography UGM. Some of the collaborative research that can be done is food chain geography issues, including poultry industry.
The guest lecture was the first event done by Suryanata at UGM through teaching fellowship US Fulbright Scholar programme. According to the plan, Suryanata will conduct the programme at UGM until July 2018.